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Secrets to a beautiful, handcrafted tile installation

You’ve decided to create a home that is a beautiful reflection of who you are, your hopes, your dreams… You want a home where your soul can just be. Handcrafted ceramic tile has caught your attention for the rustic quality it brings, the texture it can add to a room and the customization that only handcrafted can bring, but you hesitate… How on earth do you install handcrafted tile? You’ve come to the right place. Below, you can find the best secrets of the trade to help you install handcrafted tile beautifully!

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Ceramic tile countertops add beauty and personality to a home.

Ceramic tile countertops add beauty and personality to a home.

~ And they are easier to care for than you think!

I WANT ceramic tile kitchen countertops. CRAZY, right??? I know! Perhaps, it is merely because I am a tile artist and have this funny obsession with tile, maybe it is because I was merely trying to save money by using my trade. There is some truth to those last two statements, but don’t think I didn’t do my homework. Tile may be my obsession and because it is my trade, it may save me some money, but this is a permanent fixture in my home…one that could cost me value. I did my research. I am familiar with the common complaints of ceramic tile countertops. People either love or hate ceramic tile countertops…there really is no in between.   I am not here to convince you or change your mind. I am here to give you the facts and let you decide for yourself.

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The Tile of Kings

Medieval Tile

Angevin Rose

A new handcrafted tile set by Fire Creek Clay.

Medieval Tile

Inspiration is everywhere and often found in the most unlikely of places.  Fire Creek designs are often inspired by the backcountry and the animals that reside within.  Today, Fire Creek introduces The Angevin Rose Medallion and the story of its beginning is different.

We study genealogy to answer the great questions of life; where do we come from, why are we here and what could our futures possibly hold. Understanding the hardships of our ancestors is a powerful example of our true grit and the strength that is inside each and every one of us.  Genealogy is bringing distant history to a personal level.    I dabble with the genealogy of my family in fits and starts; working until I become frustrated by dead ends.   Traveling down the twists and turns of the lives of people who built me, is inspiring and motivating.  Not too long ago, the road lead me back to the 11th century and the beginning of the Plantagenet Dynasty.

Along with the love of researching family history, comes the excitement of learning about the lives of others in a different time and place.  I devoured every book that fed my curiosity of Eleanor of Aquitaine, a distant grandmother.  Eleanor was one of the wealthiest women in the Middle Ages and a leader of several armies during her lifetime. (I feel a strong resemblance to my 25th great-grandmother, well except for the being wealthy part.  Just kidding).  With her husband King Henry II, they would create the Plantagenet Dynasty and lead England through transformation, the Magna Carta and war.

Through the personal lives of my grand-sires, I found the art and culture of the time.  Handcrafted tile was a big deal back then! Beautiful, two-toned inlaid tiles covered the floors of Abbeys and Churches during the 13th-16th centuries.  The dark earthenware clay was stamped using a heavy wooden block design. Crafters set white clay slip into the deep recesses, giving the tiles a two tone appearance.    The creation of this new process of creating tile, is considered one of the great inventions of the time. It gave rise to the ability to mass produce tile.

The designs of these inlaid tiles are enchanting, often depicting animals of the hunt, coats of arms, and intricate designs of leaves and vines.  Being the tile artist that I am, I began to wonder what it would be like to bring these tiles  to life with a Fire Creek twist…carved in deep relief. Medieval Tile

     The result is Fire Creek’s Angevin Rose Medallion, a hand crafted ceramic tile hand carved. These 4- 6 inch relief tiles allow the glaze to puddle and pool.  A beautiful piece, perfect as the showcase of a kitchen backsplash or fireplace surround.  The Medallion shown is glazed in a stunning cobalt blue, but consider an evergreen, warm amber brown or a classic snow-white glaze.  There are so many options with such a versatile, classic design.

                                                                                      ~Thanks for visiting!


P.S. There were magazines last month that featured handcrafted tile.    Handmade tiles are making a comeback…get yours today!



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When the lazy days of summer comes calling…

I go on dreaming…

It has been an unusual summer for Fire Creek. The weather has been extraordinarily pleasant.  So unlike the hot dry heat we here in Idaho are so accustomed to. As I sit here talking with you, I am sitting on my back patio. Completely enjoying the cool gentle breeze that stirs my wind chime from sleep. It has left me in a rather reminiscent mood. As I sit listening to the birds chirp,  I dream about the future of my little business.

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Tips for Choosing Custom, Handcrafted Tile

Choose Custom Tile 

that is right for you.

I’m hoping that you’ve read my Custom Tiles and have had some time to ponder all of the possibilities that exist with custom tiles for your home.  Has it left you asking, how do I whittle down all of those possibilities down to one perfect choice for your home? Read on… Continue reading Tips for Choosing Custom, Handcrafted Tile

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Custom Tiles ~ Personalize your home!

“Home is where your story begins.”

Using Fire Creek Tiles in your next remodel project, can personalize your home the way big home improvement stores can’t.   

We have been in our house for almost 16 years! Holy Cow, where does the time go?  In those 16 years, we have yet to make any kind of improvements to our home.  You know…we were busy with trying to keep up with two boys…who has the time.  Now that our boys are older, I have the time to look around my house and notice all of the old, out dated stuff in our home.  The kitchen had to be first.  I walked around the typical Box Home Improvement Stores that every town has, trying to decide what to do with my kitchen.  New countertops was a must and I would love to have a beautiful tile backsplash…cuz you know… I love tile.

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